Monday, January 04, 2010

A Fabulous Picture of the Virgin Islands

This picture was taken from St John, with Peter Bay in the foreground, top left is Jost Van Dyke and to the right is Tortola, in the center is Great Thatch.

Resolution Frittatta Recipe for Four

This sumptuous brunch was inspired by leftovers from New Year's Day.

A typical traditional southern New Year's Day meal for good luck and prosperity is surprisingly frugal. The simple menu is Ham, Blackeyed peas, Cornbread and Greens. The greens can be collard, mustard or turnip greens cooked with bacon, fatback or ham hock.

This year I made the traditional southern good luck New Year Day's meal for a friend, and of course there were copious leftovers, as you can't really make all of that for just two people only. So I made an opulent frittatta from the leftovers with a few extra ingredients thrown in.

You will need:
large fry pan
olive oil
6 eggs well beaten
1/4 cup chopped sweet onion
4 ounces sliced or chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped ham
1 cup cooked and drained collard greens (leftovers)
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
basil and oregano

Heat up about a tablespoon of olive oil in fry pan.
Preheat broiler in oven for finishing the top of the frittatta.
In the fry pan, stir fry on medium-high, the onions and mushrooms until onions begin to carmelize (turn brown).
Toss in ham and stir.
Add collard greens and mix thoroughly.
Basically you just want the ham and greens to heat up with the onions and mushrooms, as this will make the frittatta cook quicker.
Sometimes the greens will make the mixture watery, if this is the case, then transfer all to a collander to drain, otherwise just transfer to a bowl or place momentarily.
Add a little olive oil to coat hot fry pan, and add the  beaten eggs.
Now toss in the meat and veggies, and let the eggs almost set.
Sprinkle the top with the shredded cheese, basil and oregano.
Once the frittatta is about cooked, you can transfer the fry pan  to the broiler for the last few minutes to melt the cheese on top and finish cooking the eggs from the top down.
If your fry pan handle is not made for the oven, just leave it sticking out the open door.
Once the top of the frittatta is set, remove from broiler.
Slice into 4 wedges.
Serve on a plate with leftover blackeyed peas and cornbread.

Bon appetit!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

A happy New Year Card From Kristy!

A happy New Year Card From Kristy!

And a late Christmas card too!

New Year's resolutions – BVIslanders share personal goals for 2010
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Commentary: 2010 The Year of Shifting
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... be a year of Shifting, let us prepare our hearts for it, the truth remains untainted. Reverend Michael U. Anthony Road Town, Tortola BVI 21st December 2009.

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Picture gallery with 43 travel pictures from Road Town, British Virgin Islands.

Geoff Holt reaches midway point in transatlantic challenge
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Awesome Red Sky Picture
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Police recover stolen motorcycle
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In a joint operation between Police Traffic Task Force and Customs Officers on Tuesday, a blue 650cc Suzuki motorcycle which was stolen from the Road Town ...

Police Investigate Traffic Accident
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Head of the Traffic Investigation Unit Inspector Kenrick Headley said that 11 accidents were recorded in the Road Town area between 23rd and 24th December ...

Black Boater's Summit
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from all over the globe meet down in St. Thomas for an experience of a lifetime checking out 5 of the British Virgin Islands including; St. John and Tortola with an incredible itinerary including a stay on a luxury yacht and 3 nights at ...

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Geoff Holt reaches midway point in transatlantic challenge
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... from Lanzarote onboard 60ft luxury catamaran Impossible Dream on December 11 and had hoped to arrive in Tortola in the Caribbean last Sunday (Dec27). ...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Soufriere Hills Volcano on Montserrat Picture

Picture from space taken December 28 2009 of the Soufriere Hills Volcano on Montserrat
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BVI's Scrub Island Resort Debuts in February
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... the Dive BVI shop, boutique and provisions store will be in the process of opening; transfers to and from Scrub Island via the Scrub Island Yacht; ...

UP's Comedy Show a Big Hit With Patrons
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Shows like these are some of what we need in the BVI to balance things. I truly enjoyed every bit of it". Another patron said, "I was just rolling with ...

High Swell Event to Affect the Virgin Islands
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Yellow Flags are flying at Smuggler's Cove, Long Bay (Tortola), Apple Bay, Brewer's Bay & The Baths NPT. Lifeguards are on Duty at Cane Garden Bay ...

A lawyer's life in the sun...: Christmas in the sun and all that ...
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This is a beautiful old colonial house in Road Town which houses the Governor and his offices. We had a fantastic time eating Caribbean nibbles (especially the coconut shrimp), drinking plenty of rum, listening to Caribbean style carols ...

Monday, December 28, 2009

Newsy Stuff from the British Virgin Islands

A beautiful card from Harry the sailor!

Holt's arrival postponed
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Boxing Day BVI
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TORTOLA. At Cane Garden Bay, Quito Rhymer is an extremely popular local musician who can be found performing at his bar/restaurant, 'Quito's Gazebo'. Further down the beach, Al Henley's Big Banana Paradise Club, Rhymers Beach Bar, ...
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To be or Knot

For all you sailing enthusiasts, as well as climbers and campers, here's a great site to learn your knots. It's animated, so you can watch and tie at the same time. Really cool.

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Today's Funny Koala Bear Joke

A koala bear was sitting in a gum tree smoking a joint...

When a little lizard walked past, looked up and said, 'Hey Koala Bear! What are you doing?'

The koala bear said, 'Smoking a joint, come on up and have some with me!'

Hurricanes and Hangovers by Dear Miss Mermaid
So the little lizard climbed up and sat next to the koala bear where they enjoyed a few hits off a big fat joint. After a while the little lizard said that his mouth was 'dry' and that he was going to get a drink from the river.

Hurricanes and Hangovers (and other tall tales and loose lies from the coconut telegraph) by Dear Miss Mermaid
The little lizard was so stoned that he leaned over too far while drinking and fell into the river.
A crocodile saw this and swam over to the little lizard and helped him to the side. Then he asked the little lizard, 'What's the matter with you?'

The little lizard explained to the crocodile that he had been sitting with the koala bear in the tree, smoking a joint, but got too stoned and fell into the river while taking a drink..

The crocodile said that he had to check this out and walked into the rain forest, found the tree where the koala bear was sitting there finishing his joint. The crocodile looked up and said... autho or Hurricanes and Hangovers
'Hey Koala Bear!'

And the koala bear looked down at him and said...
'Holy Cow! Duuuuuuuuude!
HOW much water did you drink?

Friday, December 25, 2009

News from the Virgin Islands

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If beaches are your choice of destinations during the chilly winters,

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Noteworthy from the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean

A beautiful card from James...

A terrific card from Elissa

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Christmas Chicks!
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Scottish Christmas Joke...

A man in Scotland calls his son in London the day before
Christmas Eve and says, "I hate to ruin your day but I have
to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing;
forty-five years of misery is enough."

'Dad, what are you talking about?' the son screams.

"We can't stand the sight of each other any longer" the
father says. "We're sick of each other and I'm sick of
talking about this, so you call your sister in Leeds and
tell her."

Franticly, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the
phone. "Like hell they're getting divorced!" she shouts,
"I'll take care of this!"

She calls Scotland immediately, and screams at her father
"You are NOT getting divorced. Don't do a single thing
until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll
both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, DO
YOU HEAR ME?" and hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife.
'Sorted! They're coming for Christmas - and they're paying
their own way.'

Monday, December 21, 2009
Caribbean Hurricane Network
Happy Sun Daze
Caribbean Hurricane Network
Happy Holly Daze from Dear Miss Mermaid! It is mostly sunny with winds lower probably

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Teen Sailor Who Ran Away Found in Caribbean

World Teen Sailor Who Ran Away Found in Caribbean

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (Dec. 20) —
Police tracked down 14-year-old Dutch
sailor Laura Dekker in the Caribbean
territory of St. Maarten, days after she ran
away from home leaving her boat behind,
Dutch media reported late Sunday.

Dekker made headlines around the world
earlier this year when she unsuccessfully
went to court as a 13-year-old to fight for
the right to set off on a single-handed
circumnavigation of the world in her boat,

National broadcaster NOS and
newspaper De Volkskrant reported that
St. Maarten police tracked down Dekker
on Sunday after news of her
disappearance broke and she was
expected to be flown home soon. They
cited police on St. Maarten and the Dutch
Child Protection Agency.

Bart Muhl, AP

Laura Dekker, 14, went missing on
Friday. Here, she speaks to the media in

Police and the Child Protection Agency in
the Netherlands could not immediately be
reached for comment late Sunday.
St. Maarten is part of the Netherlands
Antilles, a group of self-governing
Caribbean islands that are part of the
Dutch kingdom.

Earlier Sunday, Utrecht police spokesman
Bernhard Jens said Dutch authorities
issued an international alert after Dekker
was reported missing Friday.
Jens said Dekker’s boat Guppy, was still
moored at its usual berth.
“We do not believe this is a crime,” Jens

Jens would not comment on a report in
Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant that
Dekker withdrew euro3,500 ($5,000) from
her bank account a few days ago.
NOS cited a family spokeswoman as
saying that Laura left a letter for her father
before disappearing. It did not say what
was in the letter.

The spokeswoman, Mariska Woertman,
did not return calls seeking comment.
In October, Utrecht District Court refused
to let Dekker embark on her attempt to
become the youngest person to sail alone
around the world, and placed her under
the supervision of child care authorities

until next July, meaning she could not
leave the country without their

Jens said Dutch authorities had alerted
neighboring countries to monitor airports.
“That happens with missing minors - if
she is seen somewhere else or tries to
leave via an airport or something like that,
authorities know we are looking for her,”
he said.

Dekker has joint Dutch and New Zealand
citizenship because she was born on a
yacht in New Zealand waters. She said
earlier this year she might try to go there
if Dutch authorities refused to let her sail.
“We are doing everything we can to make
sure we can get her back,” Jens said.
“We are certainly concerned about her
health - we are talking about an underage

After the October court ruling Woertman
said Dekker remained confident she
would be ready to sail next July and
would still be able to set the record as the
youngest sailor to circumnavigate the

The Utrecht court first blocked her
departure in August out of concern for her
safety. The decision sparked a worldwide
debate on how much authorities and
parents should limit children’s freedom to
undertake risky adventures.
Laura’s parents, both veteran sailors, are
separated. Laura’s father supported the
attempt, but her mother said in a
newspaper interview in September she
thought Laura was too young.

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